The administrators, teachers and staff at Rickards High School have a tremendous amount of confidence in the potential of their students and a deep sense of their intrinsic worth as individuals and members of the school and wider community. This drives each of them to never miss an opportunity to create a stimulating and engaging educational environment for the students, teaching them not only the knowledge they need academically but also the lessons they need to become responsible, thoughtful, caring, and well-rounded adults.
I have two students at Rickards High School, a senior and a sophomore. I am so elated at what Rickards Faculty and Staff have done for my girls. The teachers at Rickards have been nothing but honest, caring, and the epitome of what “GREAT” teachers are. I want to thank everyone at Rickards High School for helping me mold my girls into responsible young ladies.
The IB Program challenges me in different ways that I have not experienced before in high school. The class are a lot more rigorous, the teachers are excellent and the people that I have met, my friends, along the way are really great because they have the same type of attitude of wanting to learn.
We are all really close like a small family within another family.
We are doing things, we are volunteering, we are helping out in the community and we are trying to become better people as well as better students.
I get overwhelmed because I’m so lucky to be here, so blessed – no other school is like this.
The alma mater really embodies how Rickards shapes you as a person; the memories it leaves you with and this sort of feeling of belonging to this group of Raiders.
One thing I love about Rickards is that we provide so many opportunities for our students to be successful.
Students learn debate skills, research skills which are also an essential part in preparing our students for higher education.
One of the misconceptions about our IB Program is that students have to go for the full diploma otherwise they are not allowed to take any IB courses. We understand that this is not perfect fit for every student. So, one of the things both IB and AP have focus on is what’s called open access – through the open access process we want to provide the opportunity for any student who wants to take courses at the college level.
Student-Teacher Ratio of 21:1
Advanced Placement participation: 51%
More than half of the student population is enrolled in AP.
Graduation rate: 92%
92% of all students graduate on time in the last four years.
Award winning Mu Alpha Theta Club
The prestigious mathematics honor society students recently earned 4th place in the sweepstakes, marking the 20th consecutive year Rickards has placed in the top ten - the longest active winning streak of any math team in Florida.
Honors and accelerated courses are available to all students.
Highly Qualified Faculty
40% hold master’s degrees and five faculty members hold doctorate degrees.
An Exceptional Education
Advanced programs offered at Rickards
Rickards students can earn college credit through the school’s Advanced Placement (AP) and Dual Enrollment programs. Through the advanced programs, students are exposed to the rigor of college coursework, and those enrolled are more likely to earn a college degree after high school graduation. Each year, Rickards administers over 700 AP exams in subjects such as Art, English, History and Social Sciences, Math and Computer Science, World Languages and more.
Well-rounded Musical Education
Rickards High Band known for their "90° marching"
Rickards musical education program is challenging and enjoyable. The high school band, with over 100 members, has earned number awards, performed at the 2007 Orange Bowl in Miami and had a cameo in the HBO movie Recount.
Learning Beyond the Core Curriculum
Rickards offers a rigorous International Baccalaureate (IB) Program
The IB program is a rigorous pre-university course of study that meets the needs of our highly motivated students. Its comprehensive curriculum provides students of different linguistic, cultural, and educational backgrounds with the intellectual, social, and critical perspectives necessary for them to succeed in a competitive modern world. Our students are often accorded advanced standing in college, based on their IB work and they go on to attend prominent colleges and universities like Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Brown, Stanford, MIT, the University of Chicago, and other prominent institutions.
Teacher of The Year 2019–2020
Accredited IB World School
James S. Rickards was Broward County’s Superintendent of Schools from 1920 to 1929, having first served as a high school teacher and then principal of Fort Lauderdale High School. With our accredited IB World School located in the heart of Southside Tallahassee, James S. Rickards High School carries on its namesakes’ legacy with a rich cultural history from its opening in the 1960s through its renovation in the early 2000s. It is now poised to launch into the next chapter of significant growth with the entire campus remodeled to reflect the career preparation needs of 21st-century scholars. Currently in use are brand new, state-of-the-art classrooms, and an updated track and athletic fields among the ongoing, remodeling changes.